The Dual Shock 4 Has Been in Development Since 2011
Evolution Studios have revealed that they have been helping Sony work on the design of the Dual Shock 4 along with Guerrilla studios since December 2011.
They helped choose the gyros, prototype the analogue sticks and define the feel of the triggers
“The control side of things has always been a really important thing for racing games, so we made sure that we got involved in the controller discussion very early on,” said Scott Kirkland. “I think this goes back to Christmas 2011. We started working with the guys in Japan on what became the DualShock 4. We were instrumental in securing the specific gyro components that [will] go in the DualShock 4; we had prototypes that demonstrated that the really high frequency gyros were the ones that allowed us to chuck the controller around like a steering wheel, and the ones that they were considering [meant] you could get a fair degree of lag and have to rely on accelerometers to compensate for that. So we put a very compelling case forward to the guys in Japan, they listened and they’re the components that are in the DualShock 4.”
“We did a lot of work with the analogue sticks on the controller, too,” continued Kirkland. “We did a prototype using MotorStorm RC that allows you to exploit the reduced deadzone size on the controller and the more accurate sticks. It’s scary how long we’ve been involved in this – we’ve been secretive about it for so long.”
“The triggers is another area where there’s been a huge amount of development,” added Kirkland. “There’s been a great back-and-forth between the likes of ourselves and some of the firstperson shooter guys at Guerrilla. They wanted specific things out of the triggers and, from a racing game perspective, we wanted lots of subtlety of control and to have really analogue brakes and acceleration, and so in some cases we had to reach a little bit of a compromise on that. But the controller sits on the desk beautifully, it doesn’t accidentally press the triggers, [and] they’ve got really nice resistance to them.”
You can read more about it in the latest issue of Edge magazine.